Israelis arrested over baby death celebration video

Israeli police arrests four Israelis after video footage showing celebration of Palestinian baby Ali al Dawabsheh’s death in arson attack

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A picture taken on July 31, 2015 shows a man holding a picture of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali al Dawabsheh, who died when his family house was set on fire by illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank village of Duma

Israeli police have arrested four Jewish men after video footage appeared online showing a group of Israelis celebrating the death of Palestinian toddler Ali al Dwabsheh, who was killed in an anti-Palestinian arson attack in the West Bank village of Duma in July.

The arson attack, which killed the Palestinian baby and his family in July, was described as an “act of terrorism” by Israeli officials.

The video showing the celebration, which was recorded in a wedding and surfaced by Israeli TV station Channel 10 three weeks later, shows Israeli men dancing with guns and firebombs and a stabbing picture of the Palestinian baby.

The men in the wedding, who later caused an international outrage, reportedly belong to a Jewish extremist community, known as the Zealots.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately condemned the extremist party following the release of the footage.

The Israeli media reported that the groom was the among four Israelis arrested, as well as two soldiers who appeared in the video with rifles, and one former member of the outlawed Kach extremist movement campaigning for violence against Arabs.

“Four people have been arrested until now,” AFP reported police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld saying.

According to Rosenfeld, the investigation over the incident was opened last week and the arrested Israelis were scheduled to appear in the court on Wednesday morning.

"That's in connection with the weapons that were at the wedding and other things," he said.

Recently, Israeli police also arrested a number of people who are suspected to be involved with an arson attack on the Palestinian house in July. However, none of the suspects have been charged.

An 18-year-old illegal settler was one of those arrested. However, the prosecutors later admitted that they did not intend to charge him over the Duma attack.

TRTWorld and agencies